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Space Week will blast off at FHSU

9/26/2012

Special to The Hays Daily News

To kick off Space Week, Monday to Oct. 5, Fort Hays State University will host three free community events.

World Space Week was declared by the United National General Assembly in 1999 "to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition."

Weather permitting, a community rocket launch will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ellis County Fairgrounds, and everyone is encouraged to bring a rocket to launch.

From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Megan Adams, FHSU student planetarium director, will use the new digital planetarium and inflatable dome to provide a short program in the Memorial Union's Black and Gold Room.

All week, Forsyth Library will have an exhibit of NASA posters from the 1970s and 1980s. Tiles from space shuttles, space food and camera mounts used in space shuttle missions also will be on display.

The events are sponsored by the FHSU Science and Mathematics Education Institute, the FHSU Department of Geosciences and Forsyth Library.

For more, contact Mallory Smith, FHSU SMEI project director, at smei@fhsu.edu or (785) 628-4168.